Frédéric Chopin

Biography

Born: 1810   Died: 1849   Period: Romantic
Frédéric Chopin has long been recognized as one of the most significant and individual composers of the Romantic age. The bulk of his reputation rests on small-scale works that in other hands would have been mere salon trifles: waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, mazurkas, and polonaises (the last-named two groups reflecting his fervent Polish nationalism). These works link poetically expressive melody and restless harmony to high technical demands. Read more Even his etudes survive as highly appealing concert pieces by emphasizing musical as well as technical values.

His birth date is a matter of controversy; the town registration of his birth specifies February 22, but Chopin always gave the date as March 1. His father was French, his mother Polish; he was raised in Warsaw by a family that mingled with intellectuals and members of the middle and upper classes, and as a teenager he spent two summers in the country, where he was exposed to Polish folk music. By the age of eight he was recognized as a child prodigy, performing in elegant salons and beginning to write his own pieces. Early on he studied composition with Josef Elsner, then took classes in various other music subjects as well as art and literature at the Warsaw Lyceum. In 1826 he enrolled at the University of Warsaw. He gave his first recital in Vienna in 1829, and over the next few years he performed at home and through much of German and Austria as well as in Paris. Feeling limited by Warsaw's cultural provincialism and uncomfortable with the publicity surrounding his performances there, he settled in Paris in 1832 and established himself as an exorbitantly paid piano teacher. In Paris he composed extensively, but limited his performances mainly to private salons.

In 1838 he began an affair with French novelist George Sand. The couple, along with Sand's children, spent a harsh winter in Majorca, where Chopin's health plummeted and he was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis). Chopin settled in with Sand in France, composing steadily although his increasing perfectionism slowed his output. By the mid-1840s, though, his health and romantic situation both had deteriorated. The affair ended in 1847 after, among other things, Sand had portrayed their relationship unflatteringly in her 1846 novel Lucrezia Floriani. Chopin then made an extended visit to the British Isles, but returned to Paris to die in 1849. Read less
Chopin Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Waltzes / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55381   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Great Polonaises / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55382   Number of Discs: 1
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Kirov Classics - Chopiniana, Petrushka, Barber's Adagio, Etc
Release Date: 07/30/2002   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 86   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Raindrop Prelude, Op. 28 no 15

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  • 26.
    Katsaris Plays Chopin
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 27.
    The Complete Vladimir De Pachmann
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54003 Release Date: 03/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 28.
    Music Of Frederic Chopin / Melody Fader
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3172 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Melody Fader
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  • 29.
    Best Of Chopin [tgg Direct]
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60262 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 30.
    Serenade: Romantic Music For Romantic Guitars
    Label: Bgs (British Guitar Society)   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Niccolò Paganini,  Giulio Regondi,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Kerstens
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  • 31.
    Chopin: Tableaux Intimes
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Pascal Hamelin
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  • 32.
    Preludes Choisis
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 70201 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jean Goverts
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  • 33.
    Smooth Dinner Classics: Beautiful Music For Two
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10123 Release Date: 10/21/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet,  Marian Pivka,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
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  • 34.
    Rainlight: Evocations Of Water For Piano Solo / Jeremy Eskenazi
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25090 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Alicia Grant,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jeremy Eskenazi
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  • 35.
    Frederic Chopin: Images of a Homeland / Marjan Kiepura
    Label: Patria   Catalog: 5637838599 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marjan Kiepura
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  • 36.
    No Smoking / Julian Gargiulo
    Label: Julian Lawrence Gargiulo   Catalog: 5637802944 Release Date: 08/30/2011  
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Robert Schumann,  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
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  • 37.
    Chopin: Best Loved Piano Pieces
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84027 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Piotr Anderszewski
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  • 38.
    Piano Dreams / Avis Romm
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7411 Release Date: 08/16/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Avis Romm
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  • 39.
    Best Piano Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82166 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
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  • 40.
    Casals Encores / Alban Gerhardt, Cecile Licad
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67831 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Claude Debussy,  Benjamin Godard,  Giovanni Sgambati  ... 
    Performer:  Alban Gerhardt,  Cecile Licad
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  • 41.
    25 Meditation & Yoga Classics
    Label: Vox   Catalog: 8874 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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  • 42.
    Label: Collector's Classics   Catalog: 21681 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Martha Ohlson,  Emil Sjögren,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Erik Gustaf Geijer  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Ohlson,  Emil Sjögren,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  John Forsell  ... 
    Conductor:  Erik Tuxen,  Sixten Ehrling,  Sten Frykberg,  Adolf Wiklund  ... 
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  • 43.
    Label: Naim Audio   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Håvard Gimse
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  • 44.
    The Himalaya Sessions Vol. 1 - Pianist Lost: Excesses & Excuses / Halstead
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 03/08/2011  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Halstead
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  • 45.
    Best Children's Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Classical Wellness
    Label: Music & Melody   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lelkes,  Iwan Czerkow,  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozarteum-Quartett Salzburg
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  • 47.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Chopin By Knight
    Label: Hyperion Knight (Label)   Catalog: 5637668166 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hyperion Knight
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  • 49.
    Twilight - Chopin For Dreaming / Claudio Arrau
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001480602 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
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  • 50.
    Jorge Bolet - The Romantic Virtuoso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479502 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Paul de Schlözer,  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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